Boxing Considering future career in MMA
Ryan Garcia has admitted that his focus may turn to MMA once he hangs up his boxing gloves.
The 22-year-old became WBC lightweight world champion by beating Luka Campbell in California on January 2.
“You’ve seen in the past fighters who retired and came back,” Garcia told the Rich Eisen Show. “This is what I will say.
“I still plan to retire at 26 – yet, if I am to return back to the ring, I will only battle people [who] people at that time say, ‘There’s no way Ryan will beat him.’ That’s the only way I’m coming back.”
“At 26, I still plan to retire. But if I do return back in the ring, I will promise everybody that I will fight people that they say I won’t beat. [Do] you know what I’m willing to do? I haven’t really said this out loud.
“What I plan to do is – say, at 26, I’m done, retired, and boxing is all good, right? … If they say, ‘OK, you’ve beaten everyone in the ring, right?’ [If] somebody goes, ‘This ain’t real fighting. Real fighting is legs, choking, submissions, all that.’ Guess what I’ll do? I’ll go prove to them that I’m the best fighter all-around in the world. I’m talking about hands. I’m talking about wrestling.
“I’ll go to MMA to prove a point that God is greatest. I’ll go beat whoever in MMA they say I won’t beat. If it has to be Conor McGregor [I fight], I will. I’m not saying this to get money. I don’t care about money. I’m saying this because it’s just how I feel.”